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Obama smackdown by Senator Byrd

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Byrd: Obama in power grab
By JOHN BRESNAHAN | 2/25/09 10:34 AM EST Text Size:

Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.), the longest-serving Democratic senator, is criticizing President Obama’s appointment of White House “czars” to oversee federal policy, saying these executive positions amount to a power grab by the executive branch.

In a letter to Obama on Wednesday, Byrd complained about Obama’s decision to create White House offices on health reform, urban affairs policy, and energy and climate change. Byrd said such positions “can threaten the Constitutional system of checks and balances. At the worst, White House staff have taken direction and control of programmatic areas that are the statutory responsibility of Senate-confirmed officials.”
Well good for him for being the only Democratic Politician in this country to have some guts to disagree with, "The One."
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Shame when the oldest member of the Senate with a reputation for earmarking millions for his pet projects has to be the one in the party to call him out.
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Alas, when our "Senate-confirmed officials" spend year after ineffective year sitting on their hands and earmarking pet projects, sometimes it takes a czar to rattle them into getting something done.
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http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0209/19303.html



Well good for him for being the only Democratic Politician in this country to have some guts to disagree with The One.
You didn't use quotation with "The One". Does that mean you've accepted it?
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Alas, when our "Senate-confirmed officials" spend year after ineffective year sitting on their hands and earmarking pet projects, sometimes it takes a czar to rattle them into getting something done.
Last time I checked, the Senate and Congress were who tossed in all that pork, not the Secretary of Commerce or EPA Director. They usually don't last a full presidental term, and certainly rarely run from one president to another, so their ability to not do anything is limited.

This is about giving people power that the Constitution doesn't provide. i.e. Rahm Emmanuel being the real "power" in the White House.
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It looks more like an antique Senator whining because he can see an end, or severe restricting, to his earmarking.

Any time you see a politician crying about a "power grab", it's their own power they see being grabbed, and the "firey condemnation" is nothing more than purely selfish grandstanding.
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It looks more like an antique Senator whining because he can see an end, or severe restricting, to his earmarking.

Any time you see a politician crying about a "power grab", it's their own power they see being grabbed, and the "firey condemnation" is nothing more than purely selfish grandstanding.
Amen to that!

That old bird is 91. Maybe it's time to hang up your spurs senator?
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It looks more like an antique Senator whining because he can see an end, or severe restricting, to his earmarking.

Any time you see a politician crying about a "power grab", it's their own power they see being grabbed, and the "firey condemnation" is nothing more than purely selfish grandstanding.
Exactly. Obama is setting a long term strategic agenda around spending and has already warned both parties that they are going to lose some of their pet projects.

Do you realize that one of the things that executives do at large corporations is to set strategic financial agendas? And in the process of doing so, cut non-important spending efforts? The man's looking pretty executive to me.
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This isn't about spending projects. It's about people being appointed to positions of authority without being subject to the same critique that relative positions are. For BHO to be a Constitutional scholar, he sure seems to avoid what's in it.
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Not quite on the OP, but I did think this was interesting.

Judge Andrew Napolitano, a Fox Commentator who really doesn't take political sides, said this today: (paraphrased by me)

"As much as the last Administration destroyed Civil Liberties, this Administration is destroying Economic Liberties."

He was speaking specifically about the Housing/Bankruptcy Bill that was supposed to be voted on by the House today (it has been postponed) that would have allowed Bankruptcy Judges to determine the value of the house and the amount that the claimant has to pay the bank, overriding the contract of the mortgage and any standing that the bank has in the entire affair.
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This isn't about spending projects. It's about people being appointed to positions of authority without being subject to the same critique that relative positions are. For BHO to be a Constitutional scholar, he sure seems to avoid what's in it.
It's been going on in the Whitehouse for years, why is it an issue now?
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It's been going on in the Whitehouse for years, why is it an issue now?
Because the Dems are guided by their own principles and have no problem with criticizing each other. There maybe less party loyalty, but at least they will call out each other's faults. "It doesn't matter what color the dumpster is, it's the trash inside that stinks!"
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Because the Dems are guided by their own principles and have no problem with criticizing each other. There maybe less party loyalty, but at least they will call out each other's faults. "It doesn't matter what color the dumpster is, it's the trash inside that stinks!"
Very true. But what I was questioning is why Republican pundits are jumping on the senator's bandwagon. It's like they're trying to "un-flush the loo" that Bush flushed over the last several years with the creation of czars for all manner of posts...War Czar, Terrorism Czar, etc, even a Copyright Czar, bypassing the Justice Department, SecDev, the NSA...

Now that "the bad guys" are the one's creating the Czars, they seem to want to put the Genie back in the bottle, or un-burn the bridge. The moral of the story would appear to be, "don't use an office to work around the Constitution when you might lose that office someday".

Once the camel gets it's nose under the tent, nothing will be left.
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Byrd is another poster child for why there need to be term limits for Congress.
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